Canada’s most promising early-stage cannabis startups are currently participating in the first 12-week cohort of our Leaf Forward Accelerator, and we’re proud to introduce them to you today.
First, some context: what is the Leaf Forward Accelerator? The short answer is that it’s the best way for startups in the cannabis space to get the funding, connections, and support they need to grow. Leaf Forward has invested $50,000 in each of the participating companies, each of which will complete a 12 week program to kick-start their business.
Companies in the first Leaf Forward cohort, running from November 2018 to February 2019, include:
Foco Mill is re-imagining cannabis experiences with beautiful, functional products and packaging. The company’s first and flagship product is the world’s best vaporizer grinder. Designed specifically for vaporizing it packs inventive features that allow users to grind faster, remove stems, and get an extremely fine vape grind. It’s available for pre-order now!
Munchy Brothers makes fresh from frozen cannabis edibles you can bake up hot and fresh in 10 to 20 minutes, depending on the product. They have a proprietary process that removes the taste and smell of cannabis without compromising effect, and their products are dosed low so you can eat one, have fun and be functional the next day. Munchy Brothers products will be available upon regulatory approval.
Mastermind Bio-Wellness is a cannabis brand and education company for athletes and those leading an active lifestyle. Mastermind currently works with an elite network of professional athletes to incorporate CBD into their training regiments. Mastermind will introduce a branded line of hemp and CBD products when regulations allow.
EKS manufactures and distributes 100% natural health products designed for one-step, at-home infusion with cannabis oil. Today, the product line includes two salves (one for pain and another for skin healing and beauty); a loose leaf tea and a bath salt. Products have proprietary consistent and repeatable formulations, which have been developed by a team with 10+ years of experience blending and developing topicals.
Leaf Forward has also created a fee-based incubator pilot program. The incubator’s first participant is Blade Filters Inc. that develops activated indoor carbon air filters,with a replaceable carbon cartridge for odour removal and filtration purposes. The unique replaceable insert decreases wasted resources and save users, on average, 30% in costs.
Upon completion of the 12-week Accelerator program, each startup will have the knowledge, tools and connections they need to raise additional funding and rapidly scale their business.
If you’ve got an idea for the next big thing in cannabis, consider applying for our next Accelerator cohort in Spring 2019. Early bird applications are now open until December 31st — apply today and you could be a part of our next cohort!